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Ask Steven Attewell anything!

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |

He’s got an AMA over there on that reddit thing, and you’re more than welcome to join in the festivities.

It’s not like he’s announced his intentions in public, repeatedly

[ 76 ] April 16, 2014 |

An Oklahoma school district just approved a four-year elective called the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum.” It was created by the noted educational theorist — Hobby Lobby President Steve Green — who hopes that learning about the Bible in an “objective” fashion in a “secular program of education” will be mandatory in Oklahoma sometime in the very near future.

“I told you that if I couldn’t bring it in the front door, I was going to sneak it through the back,” Green might as well have said.

Evidence that someone affiliated with the Tea Party has an actual sense of humor

[ 26 ] April 14, 2014 |

Granted, it’s the sort of stuff most of us outgrew in middle school, but that’s better than the absolute lack they typically sport.

Some days I’m glad I got out of the teaching gig…

[ 261 ] April 14, 2014 |

…for example, when I learn about a high school principal who receives a video of bullies tormenting a teen and proceeds to contact the police because of “a wiretapping incident.”

Priorities, people, it’s important to have them.

Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast – Game of Thrones, Season Four, Episode Two – “The Lion and the Rose”

[ 9 ] April 14, 2014 |

In which Steven Attewell and I discuss how boring tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones was:

Listen to the audio here.

Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose” recap by Yours Truly…

[ 87 ] April 13, 2014 |

Can be read here.

I’ll refrain from saying anything lest some of you bastards are unlucky enough not to live on the East Coast. Hey — wait a minute!

A comment on my latest AV Club post makes me want to mash it all up

[ 38 ] April 12, 2014 |

This needs to be preserved for posterity:

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and nobles will look up and shout “Save us!”

And I’ll look down, and whisper…

“Hodor.”

See if you can’t do better.

New AV Club column: “Game of Thrones cordially invites you to take a damn seat at the kiddie table”

[ 10 ] April 10, 2014 |

Here’s a taste:

got06The long eye-laser-less nightmare is over!

 

TBogg Uber Alles

[ 18 ] April 10, 2014 |

This is the best thing you’ll read on the Interwebs today.

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that this may well be the best thing you read on the Interwebs all year.

How do you make a white person become conservative?

[ 247 ] April 10, 2014 |

Tell them about a future in which their people are in the minority

…which is exactly what the GOP has been doing for years. It almost makes you think they might believe in science.

Almost.

Hank Aaron likens Breitbart’s John Nolte to Klansman in a tailored suit

[ 93 ] April 9, 2014 |

 

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I’m not sure what I find more amusing:

  1. Aaron’s actual statement, in which he likens the GOP to the KKK in “neckties and a starched shirt” instead of a “hood,” or
  2. John Nolte’s stuttered tweets about Aaron’s statement, all of which whine the same thing in the same words.

The comments at the Breitbart article — linked to in Nolte’s tweets, as I’d rather not directly provide him with any traffic — are priceless. There’s something about old white men saying that the black man who called them racist “needs to learn his place” just warms the cockles of my soul.

The “moral panic” of tenured literature professors

[ 30 ] April 9, 2014 |

I scored an interview with the author of the controversial Chronicle article, Marc Bousquet.* I tried to make the stakes of the debate clear to non-academic readers, and I think I succeeded.

Feel free to tell me if I didn’t, and more importantly, why I didn’t. I’m in a bit of a forest-for-the-trees position when it comes to writing about academia. I know the landscape really well, but I’m not entirely sure you’d want me to draw you a map.

*By “scored” I mean I asked him and he said, “Of course!”

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